Rookie starter Alek Manoah was ejected in the fourth inning of Saturday's game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles after hitting Maikel Franco with a pitch on the heels of surrendering back to back home runs.
Already trailing in the fourth inning, Manoah allowed big flys to Ryan Mountcastle and DJ Stewart to make things 5-2 for the O's. Next up was Franco, who Manoah drilled with a 94 MPH fastball high and tight. Franco and Manoah appeared to exchange words while the right-hander walked toward the plate, causing both benches to empty although no punches were thrown.
After the game, Manoah told reporters he was trying to throw Franco an inside fastball but the pitch slipped.
“He told me it was bad timing. I’m just out there competing, man," Manoah said when describing what he heard from the umpiring crew when he was tossed.
The 23-year-old finished his outing allowing five earned runs, four home runs and a walk in 3.1 innings. Saturday was his fifth career big league start after being called up by the Jays in late May.
But while things may have started on a sour note for the Jays they ended in much happier fashion as Toronto stormed back in the ninth inning to win 10-7. The Jays and Orioles will conclude their series from Camden Yards Sunday afternoon.